Hurry Up & Wait

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Following the governor’s announcement to begin “relaxing” the many restrictions on public gatherings, you can imagine the number one question I’ve gotten this past week: “When are we going to get back to in-person worship?” And I will confess, that’s a great question. Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer just yet. As with everything we’ve done during this time of crisis, we take a wait and see approach.

No one wants to get back to in-person worship more than I do, however, when and how it happens will be very carefully considered and planned out. With the Bishop urging United Methodist Churches in Indiana to delay in-person worship to at least June 14th, it seems unlikely to happen before then. It may also very well be after that date. So much continues to change week-to-week—virus containment, treatments, etc.—and all of that needs to be considered. When we do open, it will be a decision in consultation with your Lay Leaders and other church leadership. When we do “open,” one thing I think you need to know is that WE WILL BE VERY CAUTIOUS IN HOW WE PLAN IT AND CAREFUL IN HOW WE ACTUALLY DO IT.

We will also CONTINUE ON-LINE WORSHIP no matter when we “open.” We have discovered that our virtual worship has been extremely popular! There is great participation and our “reach” continues to expand past our congregation. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is being offered, and we’re bringing in some new equipment to continue the expansion. So the ministry of on-line worship will change just a little but will continue with complete services even after we get back to in-person worship.

Until then my friends, be certain to persevere in loving and caring for each other, and continue inviting new persons to know Jesus Christ personally! Consider what the Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:7, 9-10: Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. (NLT2)

Remember that YOU ARE LOVED by God, your church, and me!

Pastor Rusty <><

UPDATES:

1. Please continue to pray for the Food Pantry. The need continues to be more than 1400 persons/families per week. Pray we will “find” enough food to feed so many people who are struggling, that God continues His good provision for the ministry, and that the need decreases because persons are getting back to work. Also, in anticipation that the wonderful National Guard will eventually have to withdraw support from the daily pantry operations, pray that The Holy Spirit will begin now to stir interest in the hearts of persons who have never helped at the pantry before.

2. This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we will celebrate Holy Communion together. So, as you are able, procure communion elements—commonly Grape juice and bread. However, God will be there with you and remember, He can turn water into wine (spiritually or materially).

3. Message Notes for Mother’s Day Sunday are below.

4. MOTHER’S DAY WORSHHIP IDEA: If you have to be in different places physically, invite your mom or your kids to join you in this Sunday’s worship by you both watching at the same time while you’re linked by the phone to help share the experience. (Wouldn’t it be great to hear them singing with you! Or maybe you just set the phone down for that part!) Let us know other ideas you have for helping share the virtual worship experience and we will send those out next week!

5. If you have unmet needs due to the continued stay-at-home issues, please contact your pastors or the church staff. YOU ARE PRECIOUS AND LOVED!

Message Notes: May 10, 2020 (Mother’s Day): A Tour Through a Mother’s Day Bouquet

Mother’s Day started in the _______________ __________.

_________________ are considered THE Mother’s Day flower.

Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. - Proverbs 17:6

The carnation, from incarnation, is a powerful symbol of a Mother’s ________ ______.

Roses have also long symbolized ________________.

Gladiolas symbolize strength and _______ __________.

They also remind us of strength and a fierce desire to __________ ______ ____.

The Hydrangea reminds us of the important job of a Christ-follower, to be a ______________ of ________ to share.

The ______________ reminds us how important it is to follow the Son—the Son of God.

Peonies are _____________, which is symbolic of how so many women are known for being ____________.

Iris has three upright petals are said to stand for ________, __________, and __________.

There were few people left in the villages of Israel—until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel. -Judges 5:7

The Orchid represents ________ ___________....

Heather reminds us of ____________ in Luke 10.

Chrysanthemum petals are said to represent ________ ____________—which is the goal for us all in Jesus Christ.

(Flower information for today’s Message is from Teleflora.com)

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